Boonsboro, MD December 2016
Back in 2016, I took a day trip to Boonsboro, MD. It’s about a 2 hour drive my home in Southern Maryland. I had read the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts a few years prior and wanted to check out the town.
Boonsboro, MD is also known as Nora Roberts Town. Her family owns quite a bit of property in town and brings in a ton of business. I visited a few locations mentioned in the series. I wish I had the opportunity to do a reread and capture more attractions (with better pictures), but one day….
Turn the Page Bookstore opened its doors in July of 1995 in a pre-Civil War townhouse, in Boonsboro, Maryland. This independent bookstore is owned and operated by Bruce Wilder, the husband of New York Times bestselling author, Nora Roberts.
Turn The Page carries a complete line of Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb titles. If it’s in print, they have it. They stock a wide selection of signed books, Nora also signs books three nights a week. Hardcovers and new releases can be personalized; backlist titles can be signed. This service is for ALL customers, in person, website, and telephone customers.
In addition to TTPs Book Clubs, the occasional Girls’ Night Out, Turn The Page holds up to seven book signing events every year. The book signings feature Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and a host of other authors. These events are the highlight of the business and gives them the opportunity to meet readers from all over the country–and often from other countries as well.
I haven’t been to a signing yet, but will definitely make the trip once signings resume. (not currently held due to COVID-19)
Gifts Inn BoonsBoro, literally jumps off the pages of ‘The Next Always’ by author and owner of GIB, Nora Roberts. Madeline Kramer is the gift shop manager in the trilogy, based directly on their manager, Natoma Vargason, who has been there since the shop opened. The shop showcases local artists and their work from the very first items featured in the shop- the handcrafted soaps and body care products selected for the Inn.
Inn BoonsBoro opened its door in February 2009. It has a long and rich history dating back to the 1790’s. Originally bult as The Eagle Hotel, then The Boone Hotel in the late 1930’s. It then served as a variety of businesses ranging from eateries to a skateboard shop, then stood empty.
Nora Roberts, a longtime resident of nearby Keedysville, and her husband Bruce Wilder (who owns the Turn the Page Bookstore and Café’ across the street from the hotel) started renovations on the property in 2007 to create a Bed & Breakfast called Inn BoonsBoro. Their goal was to maintain the historic integrity of the building, preserve its character, and offer guest a boutique hotel with high end amenities and personal service.
Each room bears the names of literary lovers – who found their happy endings. The list included Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice; Jane and Rochester from Jane Eyre; Marguerite and Percy from The Scarlet Pimpernel; Titania and Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man; the Westley and Buttercup Suite, named after the characters from The Princess Bride; and Roberts’ own Eve and Roarke from her JD Robb In Death series. Each guest room would reflect the style of the story’s era. The Inn is the star of Nora Roberts Inn Boonsboro Trilogy.
INN BOONSBORO TRILOGY
Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy chronicles the rebirth of the inn. The trilogy was Roberts’s editor’s idea. Inside the cover flap of all three books is a map of downtown Boonsboro. The inn, the bookstore, her son’s restaurants, even Dick the Barber, who has been cutting hair next door to the bookstore for years, all turn up in its pages.
Join the Montgomery brothers as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their Maryland hometown in this collection that includes all three novels in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts’ Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy.
THE NEXT ALWAYS
As the architect of the family, Beckett has little time for a social life. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: Clare Brewster, the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.
THE LAST BOYFRIEND
Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist—and an even less flexible spreadsheet. The only thing he didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish…
THE PERFECT HOPE
Ryder is surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…
by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel
Some back history taken from online articles and Inn Boonsboro website.